By, Karen Floresassistant feature editor
Alpha Pi Phi, Manhattan College’s newest sorority, held an International Women’s Day event on the quadrangle with several other campus organizations and clubs on March 8.
The celebration was overseen by Alpha Pi Phi and they collaborated with Sigma Delta Tau, Delta Kappa Epsilon, HerCampus, Lasallian Women and Gender Resource Center, Sanctus Artem, Student Government, and Multicultural Center.
Pamela Moleri, External Programming Manager for Alpha Pi Phi, spoke about the event and her ultimate goal in organizing it.
“We wanted this event to be a celebration for women and to raise funds for the Domestic Violence Project,” Moleri said. “And we spoke to different clubs who wanted to participate and raise funds for the same cause.”
Gabriela Sandoval, Alpha Pi Phi’s secretary, represented their chapter at the event. She hopes the students were able to come together to not only celebrate the women who made a difference in history, but also the women who impacted them.
“We really wanted to reach out to all women and non-binary people who identify on campus,” Sandoval said. “And just kind of spreading a lot of love and honoring all of our women on campus. So we thought that by doing this we could kind of collaborate with other Greek Life Clubs and Organizations that were kind of bringing the same collaboration and unity in their mission statements. And it turned out to be a really great event and I was really happy.
The organizations all proposed different activities to bring money to the Domestic Violence Project, which was created by the Urban Justice Center in New York.
Alpha Pi Phi decided to bring an Italian tradition to fundraising by selling yellow flowers. The idea was born thanks to an Italian international student who is involved in their chapter. Sigma Delta Tau sold purple ribbons to wear to raise awareness about domestic violence. Delta Kappa Epsilon hosted a “pie in the face” fundraiser where students could buy a pie and throw it in the face of the fraternity brother of their choice.
The LWGRC gave tarot readings and sold goody bags and cookies. Student Engagement sold donuts, Sanctum Artem distributed materials for students to make friendship bracelets, and HerCampus distributed coloring pages of influential women in history.
Eric Quinde Tamay and Pearl Marinas both attended the event and spent time making friendship bracelets.
Quinde Tamay believed that this kind of event was able to raise awareness of an important issue while adding elements of fun.
“I mean, even though it’s fun, it has a serious message and it brings people together. I can hang out with my friend and make bracelets while raising awareness,” Quinde Tamay said.
Marinas added that “the overall message is very empowering for women, especially at MC,” and that she looks forward to more events on campus.
Sarah Lavin, a sophomore in marketing, got into the spirit of International Women’s Day and shoved a fraternity brother in the face.
“Just a day to celebrate women, to come together and really create a community of women who support each other was a big highlight,” Lavin said.
Payton Hayes, a second-year mechanical engineering student, saw the event as an opportunity to celebrate what it means to be a woman and to support each other.
“I hope we can just support each other more like [Lavin] noted. Just come together more and not have so much negativity against each other, especially today, because you know, in life in general, we all just need more support,” Hayes said.
Moleri hopes students on campus have been able to learn more about each other and the impact women have had in the past as well as in the present day.
“I think it’s important to celebrate, because there’s a lot of inequality between men and women,” Moleri said. “So I think it’s important to recognize that there shouldn’t be any inequality. There should be days and months like this, to celebrate women and recognize the fact that women have had a great impact both in history and in the world.